Republican Jon Kyl: abortion statement “not meant to be factual”

Fact or rhetoric?Here’s a new one: Jon Kyl, one of the more appropriately-named Republicans of the modern age, said the other day that abortion is:

“well over 90% of what Planned Parenthood does”

When it was subsequently pointed out that abortion is actually well under 5% of what Planned Parenthood does, Kyl’s office released a statement saying that:

“his remark was not intended to be a factual statement”

Right. That makes sense. So why did he make this ‘not factual’ statement? I mean, shouldn’t an elected politician be a little more responsible? Can we all go around saying things that aren’t true? Apparently, so long as we don’t intend them to be factual statements. Is that the new standard?

QUESTION: What’s the REAL reason Republicans want to defund Planned Parenthood? Because it can’t be abortion…

UPDATE: Someone in the comments has suggested that Kyl’s statement was meant to be rhetorical. I don’t know if I buy that argument. Are you supposed to use rhetorical statements during political discussions? Surely the whole point of a political debate is… to debate?!?!? Plus, rhetorical statements that aren’t based on fact can still be challenged.

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9 thoughts on “Republican Jon Kyl: abortion statement “not meant to be factual”

  1. Surely this is a new low for political discourse?

    Posted by Mark | April 9, 2011, 1:04 pm
  2. It was a rhetorical statement. The only thing worse than a republican is a dumbass.

    Posted by da cuke | April 10, 2011, 3:43 pm
    • Just wondering…how many other “rhetorical” statements has Jon Kyl made in his political career?

      After all, everybody knows that raising the marginal tax rate on the top two percent of Americans by only 3% would eliminate the entire national debt within three years, right?

      Posted by Jimbo | April 12, 2011, 3:52 am
  3. I wonder hwo many dead babies = 5% in a country of 300.000.000 give or take a few.

    Posted by Brian | April 10, 2011, 5:27 pm
    • So you are saying all 300 million americans are getting abortions…. wow… all those men, children and elderly getting abortions (not to mention that most women don’t get abortions)…..are your pants on backwards

      Posted by Jeff | April 13, 2011, 2:50 pm
    • Last year alone:

      1,000,000 pap smears.

      830,000 breast exams.

      4 million tests for STDs including HIV.

      1 in 5 US women have visited a PP clinic. For 50% of those women it’s the only DR visit they have in a year.

      If you had visited a planned parenthood clinic, especially as a youth, you would know the tremendous service they provide. Without them, there would be far less condoms used and STD testing in the US each year.

      Please don’t let your stance on abortion blind you to the good this program provides.

      If you have this stance on abortion and also happen to support capital punishment, please go home and re-evaluate your personal code of ethics.

      Posted by Johnny B Goode | April 13, 2011, 4:58 pm
  4. In other words he’s full of crap.

    Posted by J Rouch, san jose, ca | April 10, 2011, 5:50 pm
  5. His office responded with stupidity and I an not inclined to defend stupidity. That does not alter the fact that Planned Parenthood is the Number 1 provider of abortions in the US and that when you take into account cost of services (i.e. proportion of budget expended on services) rather than count of services saying abortion accounts for 5% of the services Planned Parenthood provides is equally misleading.

    Posted by NDMA1 | April 10, 2011, 7:59 pm
    • any abortions via Planned Parenthood are via private donation, so what is your point? not funding Planned Parenthood does affect Womens Healt and has for 40 yrs. it is is about .007% of the budget, so what wasw your point again?

      Posted by jeff | April 11, 2011, 7:36 pm

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